Ukrainian eyes mass production for his flying electric car
In innovation news, a Ukrainian inventor designs a flying electric car. The “Eco-Grieg” was created by Mr. Alexander Avramenko, a student at the Ukrainian Small Academy of Sciences. It is a hybrid electric vehicle and helicopter that can stay airborne for approximately an hour. Inexpensive to run, it is equipped with an automatic transmission and a desk control console. Mr. Avramendo, who received a patent for the car, describes it as “absolutely green” and expects it to soon go into mass production. Our congratulations, Mr. Alexander Avramenko, on this remarkable advancement. May we see many more environmentally-friendly modes of transportation for a cleaner and sustainable planet.
Unesco lauds Abu Dhabi for culture initiatives
In world news, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) commends the United Arab Emirates. UNESCO Director-General Her Excellency Ms. Irina Bokova met with His Excellency Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Advisor of Culture and Heritage in the Court of His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Director General of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). Director General Bokova lauded the ADACH for its continuing efforts to safeguard, foster, and promote the cultural heritage of the capital city and the country. This includes the agency’s work that led to the inclusion of the Cultural Sites of Al Ain on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in June 2011. Our earnest thankfulness, Your Excellency Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, for your dedication to preserving and highlighting the history and time-honored traditions of the United Arab Emirates and the region. May all appreciate the unique beauty of each country and her people.
Forests, potential solution in the fight against hunger
In eco news, forests are important for food security. The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which includes the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, states that these ecosystems can assist farmers in dealing with climate change by storing carbon and play a bigger role in providing sustenance for the world. FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry Dr. Eduardo Rojas-Briales said woodlands supply both staple and supplemental foods such as wild leaves, fruits, and edible roots and tubers. Products such as shea nuts can be used for cooking. They are also harvested by rural women in West Africa, providing 80% of their income. Dr. Rojas-Briales called on governments and development partners to increase support of rehabilitation of degraded forests and the sustainable management of them. Our sincere appreciation, Collaborative Partnership on Forests, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and Dr. Eduardo Rojas-Briales, for emphasizing the great value of our forests. May we all join efforts to safeguard our precious ecosphere for a verdant planet and abundant future.
Brazilian football legend Socrates dies
FN… Brazilian soccer legend Sócrates remembered. On Sunday, December 4, the soccer star whose full name was Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira left the world at the early age of 57. Known for his graceful strength and goal scoring abilities, Sócrates played for several professional teams but was perhaps best remembered for propelling his São Paulo Corinthian teammates to become championship favorites as they went on to win three Brazilian league titles. He was bestowed the title of South American Footballer of the Year and was named by governing body FIFA as one of the best 125 living soccer players in the world, on a list compiled by countryman and fellow soccer star Pelé. While still playing soccer, Sócrates remarkably undertook training in the field of medicine, going on to practice as a physician as well as becoming a popular TV commentator and columnist. In his honor, the Brazilian Football Federation observed a minute of silence before matches played on Sunday, while the Corinthian team issued a statement saying, “His faithful fans bid a sad farewell... We can also be thankful for having witnessed one of the best ever footballers. Thanks for the beautiful goals, the graceful touches, the skillful football that only Sócrates possessed.”
We, too, pay homage as we send our condolences to the family and countless fans of Sócrates, whose unique presence will be sadly missed. May his soul rest peacefully in Heaven’s light and love.
Heavy fog disrupts traffic in Beijing
FN… Hundreds of flights cancelled as dense fog shrouds China. Heavy fog blanketed northern and eastern China on Monday, December 5, reducing visibility to less than 200 meters, affecting Shandong and Hebei provinces in the north as well as Anhui, Zhejiang, and Fujian in the east. In and around the capital city Beijing, fog pollution worsened the situation, with readings by the US Embassy for inhalable particles indicating hazardous levels. Highways across Shandong and Hebei provinces, as well as expressways around Beijing were closed as traffic was also severely slowed. Visibility at Beijing’s Capital International Airport was as low as 300 meters, and by 11pm, over 270 flights had been cancelled.
Our appreciation, officials and meteorologists, for your safety measures. May such unfavorable conditions be minimized through our kinder lifestyles as a vegan world.
Four-party alliance wins majority in Croatia
FN... Zoran Milanović to head Croatia as prime minister. As the coalition of four parties known as the Kukuriku, led by Croatia's Social Democrat Party, won 80 of the nation's parliamentary seats during elections on December 4, Social Democrat Party leader Zoran Milanović became the country's next prime minister. Having served previously in public office positions such as the Croatian foreign ministry, the new prime minister elect will be heading up efforts for a referendum on joining the European Union as well as working to enhance economic growth and increase employment for the nation's people.
Congratulations, Prime Minister-elect Milanović, on your new role. May your leadership be successful in serving the highest goals of all fellow Croatian citizens.
Belgium ends political crisis as new cabinet formed
FN… Belgium receives new prime minister and government. On Monday, December 5, King Albert II named Elio Di Rupo as Belgium’s new prime minister at the Belgian Royal Castle, Belvedere. The King also approved the premier-elect's list of 12 ministerial candidates. The new six-party coalition government is the first to be successfully formed in 18 months, with Prime Minister-elect Di Rupo appointing 6 French- and 6 Dutch-speaking ministers to represent the bilingual nation’s people equally.
Our respectful congratulations, Premier Di Rupo, on your new post. May your leadership bring a flourishing of stability, prosperity and comfort to the warm-hearted people of Belgium.
South African legislative and traditional leader joins vegan advocacy to halt climate change
As a result, more and more countries may have to help cope with the swell of displaced people, hoping they can - if we even can cope with it. In this dire situation when all countries already have to cope with different problems - financial crisis, food crisis - and we have to cope with this sudden surge of immeasurable force of refugees. These situations will only worsen, not improve, until we stop the cause. This means to halt the livestock production and meat consumption. I can never emphasize this enough. If humans switch to the vegan diet, the Earth will begin cooling immediately and many of these dilemmas can even be reversed. So please, be veg and do good, to save the planet and all the beings on it.
SAVE OUR PLANET… South African legislative and traditional leader joins vegan advocacy to halt climate change. With increased intensity and frequency being noted in extreme weather events such as floods and droughts as well as rising sea levels across the globe, experts at the United Nations Climate Change Conference underway in Durban, South Africa have been raising concerns on the climate refugee issue.
Mika Andrew – Chief Land Use Officer, Department of Agriculture, Papua New Guinea (M): In the project that I’m working on, people had to be relocated, because of coastal erosion. They once had wells, water wells, that were near the beaches. Now they’ve been salinated.
Although delegates last year in Mexico agreed that adaptation plans must account and provide support for those who might become displaced, agencies like the UN Global Mitigation Group and others note that little has been done to prepare for the likelihood of large-scale migrations as people are forced by these conditions to leave their homes. Fortunately, a solution has been found in scientific research indicating that such a crisis could be avoided through a worldwide halting of the livestock industry. Supreme Master Television reports on some of the attention being given to this remedy.
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Correspondent (F): We’re here in Durban, South Africa, where members of the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association continue activities during COP 17. Children and adults alike have been attracted to our Association’s booth, where the visitors have been especially interested to learn that adopting the scrumptious plant-based diet can save the planet. Following the inspiring “Veganism to Save the Planet” gala dinner on December 1, His Majesty King Thobejane of Bapedi expressed his sincere wish to become vegan and asked if our Association members would assist in his initial steps by preparing a plant-based meal for him.
His Majesty King Setlamorago Godfrey Thobejane of Bapedi in Limpopo; Member of Parliament, South Africa (M): For the first time in my life, I’ve been with such a huge number of people who are very focused, who are very serious about dealing with the issues of climate change, and in particular, promoting the veganism as something that can assist in stopping climate change and save the planet for the future. Once we start taking this and understand the significance of shifting our way of life into this veganism, I think we can save the planet. The meat that we love so much, it’s a life threat; it threatens our lives. Leaders from all categories need to start taking serious this particular campaign without any waste of time.
Correspondent (F): Reporting for Supreme Master Television, from Durban South Africa.
VOICE: We thank His Majesty King Thobejane, who is also a member of the South African Parliament, along with all concerned participants of the climate change conference. As His Majesty stated, may governments everywhere adopt cost-efficient vegan measures to save their people’s lives and the planet.
During a 2009 interview with The House Magazine in the UK, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke with urgent concern about the climate change refugees.
Interview with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Published in The House Magazine
September 2009 edition
Supreme Master Ching Hai: A decade ago, there were 25 million climate change refugees – with the estimate now of 1 billion by 2050. Estimate. These are people forced from their homes and communities due to rising sea levels and a host of other natural disasters, so-called natural disasters, but in fact these are all man-made.
Wildlife: the forgotten victims of the fire
Staff and volunteers of the Australian wildlife rescue group FAWNA conduct relief efforts and call on the public for support to help save animals injured by bushfires in Western Australia.
Kuwait donates 500,000 for WHO
The government of Kuwait donates US$500,000 to the World Health Organization to assist the UN agency in supporting humanitarian work, including funding drinking water projects and providing much-needed medicines.
Report warns of deadly climate change
SAVE OUR PLANET… A report by Australia’s government-appointed, independent Climate Commission stated on November 30, 2011 that without sustained mitigating action, human deaths from hotter temperatures in Queensland and the Northern Territory by 2100 could multiply tenfold.
Suffering seas need protection now
SAVE OUR PLANET… On Nov 29, 2011, the UK's Northumberland Wildlife Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds joined in asking the British government not to delay its planned creation of Marine Conservation Zones and to include all 127 recommended sites, saying that the already-suffering marine life faces even greater risks with any further delay.
World's tallest peaks most vulnerable to climate change
SAVE OUR PLANET… Presented on December 4, 2011, three reports by international scientists on the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region find that its glaciers have receded 50,000 more square kilometers than previously estimated, with continued temperature rise that is posing threats of both flooding and drought for the 1.3 billion people living along downstream river basins.
Florence honors eminent Kuwaiti poet
Kuwait News Agency reports that acclaimed Kuwaiti poet Khalifa Al-Wugayyan is the first Arab person to receive the Florence Shield, an international creativity award given annually in Italy, in honor of his prominent literary role in Arabic poetry.
China raises $12m to help migrant workers
Commemorating International Volunteer Day, China's Volunteer Service Foundation announces it has raised more than US$ 12.6 million to fund services for migrant workers and their families, including vocational training, legal assistance and tutoring for children.
Missing Dog Reunited With Family After 8 Years
Pit bull mix Petunia, who had been missing for 8 years, is miraculously found in California, USA thanks to microchipping by her original caregiver and is being reunited with her joyous family in Virginia just in time to be home for the holidays.
Philippine Government, MILF Resume Peace Talks
Renewing their talks for the first time in four months, Philippine government delegates and leaders from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) resume peace negotiations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
World debates price of peace in Afghanistan
Representatives from 100 nations and international aid organizations gather for a meeting in Bonn, Germany, where they pledge long-term support in helping Afghanistan regain peaceful stability as foreign troops continue scheduled withdrawals over the next three years.
Ailing Thai king calls for unity
In a rare public appearance, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand addresses the nation on his 84th birthday where he appeals for unity and cooperation in overcoming recent floods to reestablish the well-being of the people and stability of the nation.